23 Cities To Visit On A Budget This Year

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If you are a travel lover but your bank account doesn’t agree with you, what are your options? Traveling does not always need to be expensive, we share a few cities to visit on a budget. You can make a budget for all your traveling destinations and stick to it. Not everyone can spend insane amounts of money on hotels, car rentals, or first class plane tickets. All you need to go on a budget friendly trip is a suitcase, passport, and this list! Just remember that cheap does not always mean budget friendly.

If you are going to stay in a cheap motel that offers no free breakfast, no free WIFI or has a communal shower, you may want to splurge on a more accommodating place. In no way does your budget friendly vacation need to turn into a cheap experience. Splurge on what you want to make this experience the most memorable.

If you are not sure where to start your budget friendly vacation then take a look at the list below. Every city on this list has great food, atmosphere, and is budget friendly. If you cannot decide which city to visit, then close your eyes and randomly pick a city. Whichever city you choose, you will have a wonderful experience.

1. San Juan, Puerto Rico

This city is on the island of Puerto Rico, which is surrounded by luscious clear water. If you traveling to San Juan during the off-season months of May- November, you may get lucky with cheap airfare and hotel prices.

2. Kansas City, Missouri


Kansas City offers many free tourists attractions like the Kaleidoscope. This city is located in the middle of the USA and has different choices for airport destinations, which can help reduce your airfare if you are flying.

3. Seoul, South Korea


Seoul is best known for its high tech buildings and gorgeous architecture. But this city is relatively cheap to visit because of the low cost transportation and food prices.  

4. Cartagena, Colombia

This low cost city is a perfect place for a budget friendly traveler to visit. The attractions are either free or extremely cheap, which can save you a few bucks.

5. Savannah, Georgia

This quaint city allows tourists to feel right at home no matter where they are staying. The hotels are budget friendly and the restaurant prices won’t break the bank.

6. Zagreb, Croatia

This city is well-known to locals as a beach resort town. The beaches are mostly free to visit and airfare to visit Zagreb won’t cost you an arm and a leg.

7. Hoi An, Vietnam

Hoi An is a very affordable city to visit due to its low cost transportation and open food markets throughout the city.

8. Quito, Ecuador

In South America, Quito is one of the cheapest cities to visit. Quito is rich in history and culture, but the real bargain is the budget friendly hotels and entertainment.

9. Vientiane, Laos

The city of Vientiane does not come across many tourists planning to stay the night. Hotel accommodations are very cheap but most places offer good quality service.

10. Providence, Rhode Island

Coming in at number ten on the cities to visit on a budget, Providence, Rhode Island. This city has one of the biggest malls in the New England region. You can also visit the free attraction of the Waterfire show that takes place during the warmer months of the year.

11. Casablanca, Morocco

One of the best attractions in this country is free, The Sahara Desert. You may only want to stay in the desert a short time during your trip because of the heat, but this budget friendly city is sure to pleasure all tourists.

12. Dubrovnik, Croatia

Another Croatian city to make this list is Dubrovnik. This city is surrounded by great people and amazing beaches. The low cost entertainment and lodging of the city can help you expand your travels for a day or two.

13. Naples, Italy

Naples is one of the cheapest major cities in Italy. But don’t be fooled by the cheap prices of this city, the tourist attractions and tasty food make visiting this city worthwhile and a favorite for cities to visit on a budget.

14. La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz is another cheap place to visit in South America. This picturesque city has amazing mountain and ocean views that are free to look at.

15. Adirondacks, New York

It is possible to visit New York on a cheap budget, but it won’t be New York City. The area of Adirondacks is the best place for outdoor lovers to explore the great beauty of nature.

16. Pokhara, Nepal

Pokhara offers luxury spa services at half the cost. This city offers great views of plush green mountains and larger than life trees.

17. Baltimore, Maryland


Baltimore has access to the best art galleries and museums in the state, but with affordable prices makes it a great pick for for one of the cities to visit on a budget.

18. Vilnius, Lithuania


Although this city is a little off the beaten path, the cheap price of entertainment and transportation will make you want to stop at this quirky town.

19. Transylvania, Romania


If you enjoy rock-climbing and hiking, then Transylvania should be included in your travel itinerary. The stunning Transylvania Alps make for the perfect postcard picture.

20. Budapest,visit Hungary

Budapest has been slowly gaining more acknowledgment in the traveling community. It’s home to the best natural springs and good (but cheap) spa services.

21. Mexico City, Mexico

Even though Mexico is “fighting” over border control regulations with the USA, this should not stop you from visiting this trendy city. Mexico City resembles a US city more than it does a Mexican city. But the prices for a hotel room in Mexico City are much cheaper than any hotel in the US.

22. Algarve, Portugal

The quiet city of Algarve sees very little foot traffic from tourists. The lodging accommodations are fairly priced and you have a stunning view of the ocean from the local beach.

23. Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

Did the world forget that this country still existed? Luxembourg City tries to stay as much out of the public eye as possible. The affordable drink and food options throughout the city help a budget traveler stay on track.

Written by Rachel Pearson

Rachel reports on a wide range of topics from the United States and around the world. She keeps a close eye on the rapidly pour in of new headlines to get the best research and sources possible.

One Comment

  1. I really like your list but I believe you need some Thailand destinations on there. Most cities in Thailand are super cheap! Food is amazing and cheap and hotels are amazing and super cheap as well. We stayed in Pattaya for $35 a night in an amazing hotel with the nicest pool we’ve ever seen. Dinner for 4 was around $25. If we wanted to go all out it was around $40-$50. Make friends with a cab driver they will be your saving grace.

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